Post # 1
I just started looking for “the one”. I never really had a set budget, but wanted it to be around $1K. If it was something slightly over that amount and knew that it was “the one”, I was fine with going over.
I have been to 4 stores now, have an appointment at another tonight and then my last store on Saturday. After this, I will be done and just need to make a decision with the ones that have been my faves at those places. My wedding is in October, so a decision needs to be made!
So far, a couple dresses in contention are well under $1K – which is great. The one I found last night, that just felt great on and fit my shape perfectly, is about $1,500. It also has a lot of great features all in one dress, which I think is nice. It also comes from a place who either design their own, or takes the tags out of each dress so you can’t locate it online to view. The others I like, you can (After Six and Jasmine).
I know I can cut cost in other areas of the wedding, so spending the extra $500 (plus cos for alterations, jewelry, veil, etc.) may be OK.
If you went over your budget for a dress, what caused you to justify that?
Post # 2
I went 700$ over on the budget for just my dress. Honestly I didn’t have to try hard to justify it I asked my fiancé and he said if you love it, get it, we can make it work. We are getting about 10,000 dollars of help for the wedding so really we just had to up our personal commitment some to cover it.
Post # 3
Britterbee: We are kind of in the same boat, as we are getting some financial assistance from both of our parents (about the same amount as you), as well as are paying for some stuff on our own. I know the money would be there for the dress, it’s just a matter if spending that much is worth it. I guess when you know it’s your dress… it’s hard to say no!
Post # 4
I went about $800 over the budget I had set in my mind. My dad paid and told me I didn’t have a budget, but I did not want to go crazy. My aunt is a seamstress so I won’t have any alteration costs thankfully.
Post # 5
I went about $800 over budget as well for the dress. We are paying for everything ourselves. Although I knew it was out of my budget range, I kept being drawn to it. When I got home, FI asked if I bought the dress I had intended to get and I said no, that i really wanted this other one and was going to look for a preowned or discounted from cancelled weddings, etc.
He just said if it’s really the one that I love, he just wants me to be happy and feel absolutely beautiful on our wedding day, so he told me he would pay for it and we would find a way to cut costs other ways.
Post # 6
I went over budget, and I have absolutely no justification. I am very lucky in the sense that my mom bought my dress, and both my fiances parents and mine are paying for the wedding. However, I still thought that I would have a signficantly cheaper dress, because, well, you wear it once. I was even looking at alternative dresses that were white, but not “wedding dresses” to keep costs down. But, here is my dress….http://www.justinalexanderbridal.com/signature_wedding_dresses/9726 it’s so pretty, but probably a solid $1500 more than I anticipated.
Post # 7
LOL… I went about $2K over my budget. My justification is that I would be sad if I didn’t get an amazing designer dress for my wedding day. Also, (more importantly) I plan to sell it afterward and recoup between 60-70% of the price.
Post # 8
I went WAY Way over bidget on my dress… more than double what I thought I would spend… My justification… well I don’t have much except for the usual.. it is the one. The dress is really important for me and my dress I fell in love with a photo of it from pinterst before I was even engaged or knew what dress it was… My fiance and I are paying for the entire wedding so other justification was… he told me I could get it and that the dollar amount was fine. Now I am just going to cut back other less important costs.. such as renting chiavari chairs ($2000) we will just use the normal chairs that the venue already has.
Post # 9
I have already overbudgeted compared to the rest of our budget for a dress, although we only have a small amount of funds to work with.
My justification was that I will first look at preowned, but if I can’t find the one I am after, I will sell my own afterwards which will put my spending back into budget.
Post # 10
Kacie209: i went under budget on the dress (a rare thing, so i’ve learned)…but after alterations i am right on target.
honestly…as long as you aren’t thousands over budget and jeopardizing financial stability, i think its totally justified to buy something you love and that makes you happy because its a once in a lifetime thing if its a little over your budget! 🙂
Post # 11
I justified it because it didn’t put me in debt.
Post # 12
I went over budget on mine by about a grand, and I too justified it by cutting back on other things, I only will have a guest list of 50, which helps greatly, and I am opting for the venue with the better view but not quite as good food also. I know that 30 years from now, when it is all said and done, all I will have are pictures, so that dress I wore in the picture becomes more important to me than all the other things. We won’t remember exactly how the food taste, or the decor on the tables, but those pictures are forever..so get the dress that makes you happy (with in reason) and cut back on other thigns thata are not as important to you:)
Post # 13
I went 50% over budget and didn’t really have a justification. However, 4 months after ordering the dress i still LOVE it and have no regrets. I plan on selling it after the wedding.
Post # 14
I think going over budget is justified if a) the money is there somewhere but just not in the arbitrary amount you set for your dress and b) you LOVE IT. I know you only wear the dress for a few hours, but if you really love your dress it will make you happy aside from just that day. I bought my dress a week ago and I spend at least 10 minutes a day staring at pictures of it, not to mention the ungodly amount of time I just think about it when I can’t actually look at it. I am giddy with anticipation, and that is a great feeling that’s worth paying a little extra for in my book :). That being said, I tried on a number of dresses that I would have been happy to wear to my wedding, but would have made me really stressed if I had to stretch my budget to wear them. So make sure if you go $500 over budget you are at least $500 happier with the dress (and have an extra $500 somewhere…).
Post # 15
My justification was that I didn’t really know what wedding dresses cost. I knew I was going to be over $1,000 but I was thinking more like $1200-$1400. Since my budget was pretty arbitrary to begin with, when I found one I LOVED for $1800 I didn’t blink and eye and bought it. Why spend $1400 on a dress I’m kind of meh about when for just a little more I can get one I’m in love with.